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OCTOBER 22, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!



PICTURE OF THE WEEK



"Don Gallagher takes Irene Thomas for a fast ride in a jitterbug number as they prepare for the contest. More than 200 couples including rug cutters, jive artists, rhumba and conga dancers are expected to compete."

-- Photo dated: February 25, 1941.
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

(You may know these two from some classic swing dance movie clips: Irene Thomas is one of the featured dancers in "Groovie Movie" and Don Gallagher is the tall blonde fella in the "One Girl and Two Boys" number with Jean Veloz!)



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art; finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his "divine service."

-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche



* * * * THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *




WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD -- THAT'S TOMORROW!!

LIVE MUSIC!!



Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five
featuring Hilary Alexander

We are overjoyed to be bringing more live music to the Rhythm Club! This week, back by popular demand, is Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander!!! This band was such a smash hit when they played here last time, we just couldn't wait to get them back for more. They play great small-group swing music a la Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman Sextet, and Django Reinhardt. Make sure to come down and swing the night away at the Rhythm Club as we continue to bring you the finest live swing bands around for your dancing pleasure!

AND Re-Mix Shoes on Sale!!

Also this week, Phil Adams brings some of his great stock of vintage shoes down to the Rhythm Club. You may know Phil as the proprietor of Re-Mix Vintage Shoes in Los Angeles. He specializes in "un-used menıs and women's styles from the 1920ıs to the 70ıs: Swing Dance favorites, ı40s 'Wedges,' Saddle Shoes, Wing Tips, Spectators, and Retro Reproductions." He has been with us before and always brings a tantalizing selection of footwear, guaranteed to tempt and delight you. Check out the amazing website to get an idea of what he has to offer (and to ready your pocketbook), then come down and indulge!!! http://www.remixvintageshoes.com/



8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!

Admission $7 on dj nights, $12 when live band

Birthdays:
Becky Gillen
Leland Scurry
Lee Anne Lynch
Sally Hoyt

Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month
from 7:30-8:00
(check our calendar)

Make your plans now to join us
at Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club!

SEE YOU THERE!

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE



UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE RHYTHM CLUB




HALLOWEEN AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!!
* October 30 *

Battle of the DJs:
Peter Flahiff, Tony Quach, and the return of Wolfman!!

Plus:
Halloween Costume contest!!
Jack and Jill contest and
Jill and Jack contest!!
Win great prizes!!

HALLOWEEN AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!!!

It's that time of year again! Time for our annual Halloween party... this year we're throwing one heck of a party! Check out all the great goings-on:

COSTUME CONTEST! This is your chance to go all-out in your best Halloween costume and have a chance to win our costume contest! Just about anything goes; we just ask that no-one wear a mask, since we want everyone to be able to see while they're dancing. Beyond that...do what you will!

JACK-AND-JILL CONTEST!

This is one of our favorite contests! We have all the leaders stand in one line, and all the followers in another line. Then the leaders rotate an arbitrary number of partners and wind up paired with someone totally at random. They dance with this person for one minute. Then everyone lines up and the process is repeated. We'll do this four times so everyone really gets a chance to dance with lots of people. Then winners are announced based on how well they LEAD and FOLLOW with total strangers!!! This is really our kind of contest, since it places all the emphasis on social dancing skills!!!

JILL-AND-JACK CONTEST!

Here's something different and extra-fun: All the same rules of a jack-and-jill contest apply (see above). But here's the twist: boys follow and girls lead!!! Here's a chance to see some crazy dancing and styling as everyone gets to test out their skills in the "other role"! Make sure to come down and see this one...it's bound to be hysterical!

WIN GREAT PRIZES!

What would crazy contests be without crazy prizes?!?! So we are sparing no expense to purchase the finest, highest-quality prizes money can buy...at a local 99-Cents Only Store!!

AND OUR GUEST JUDGE...

Judging the contests for the evening will be our own beloved Pete Vincent (pictured below as a dashing young man in 1938). We figure since he was around for the original swing era, he'll know what he's looking for in the dance contests, right? And by gosh he's such a terrific guy...


Pete Vincent, 1938!


* November 6 *
Live Music!!




* November 20 *
Live Music!!
Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five with Hilary Alexander




* * * * LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES * * * *


MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THE NEXT SERIES
OF CLASSES AT LINDY BY THE SEA!!!

SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS
OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 18TH 2002


Make sure to plan on joining us for the next great series of classes in Manhattan Beach, as we prepare to swing into the cooler months! The chance is coming for you and all your friends to sign up for another month of fun, dancing and music at Lindy By The Sea, and this next round is bound to be a ball!

NEW!!!
BEGINNERS SWING CLASS ON MONDAY NIGHTS
7PM - 8PM!!!

We are happy to announce that we will be offering a Monday Night beginners swing class from 7:00 until 8:00, for all those of you for whom Sunday afternoons are tricky! This will be the same material offered in our Sunday afternoon Level One class, so if you've been looking for a weeknight beginners class, this is the one for you! (Neptunian Woman's Club, 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach)



FEATURED CLASS OF THE MONTH: CHARLESTON VARIATIONS!!!

Also on Monday nights is Charleston Variations, our Featured Class this time around! This is always one of our most popular Featured Classes and we are expecting a great turnout, especially with the resurgence that Charleston moves are experiencing on the swing dance floors all over!!! Plan on coming down and learning all sorts of fun, easy moves to add to your repetoire...you'll love it!

For more details on our classes, click HERE


* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *


PICTURE OF THE WEEK DISCOVERY!!!


Remember the great picture of the week last time around? It featured two young dancers in the throes of a swingout during a contest in 1938. Well, thanks to our friend, Kelly Cooper, we were able to actually get a hold of the young man. His name is Taylor Gronen and he is alive and well and living in Laguna Niguel, California. He is 81 years old now, and unfortunately can't come up to visit us (believe us, we tried!!) but was glad to hear from swing dancers and that we used his picture as an example of the joy of lindy hop. Just goes to show you that dancing keeps you young!!!


PRIVATES WITH RUSTY

If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson, give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606. (Photo: David Saffir)


* * * * LINK OF THE WEEK * * * *

-- THE HARVEST MOON SWING OUT -- One of the best and longest-running swing camp weekends is approaching. Put on by the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, the Harvest Moon Swing Out is three days of classes, music, dancing and fun with some of the top instructors in the world! The Grand Old Man of Lindy Hop himself, Frankie Manning, will be there, instructing and inspiring dancers as he does everywhere. Also teaching there will be Steven Mitchell and his partner Virginie, Eddie and Eve of the Rhythm Hot Shots, Kevin and Carla (Champion lindy hoppers from Washington D.C.) and the staff of PBDA! If you've never been to a swing camp before, check this one out: It's local and excellently priced! A great introduction to the wonderful world of swing festivals!

Click here to go to their site: http://www.swingcamp.com/


See you soon!



Swingcerely,

Rusty and Peter
Swing Shift
http://www.swingshiftontap.com

*Wondering what the heck a "gate" is?  This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program.  It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast).




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Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
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